UPDATE: 2nd Person Dies From Gas Explosion In Tyler Co.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 4/16/2013

WICK, W.Va. (AP) - A second worker injured in an accident at a natural gas operation has died.

The Tyler County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that 43-year-old Raymond Miller of Jeannette, Pa, died Monday at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.

Miller was one of three workers injured in Thursday's accident at a Eureka Hunter Pipeline operation near Wick. Fifty-six-year-old Bruce Phipps of Marietta, Ohio, died Friday night. The sheriff's office says it doesn't have any information on the third worker.

Authorities have said the workers were injured in an explosion at a compressor station. But Eureka's parent, Magnum Hunter Resources, has said it was a flash fire at a "pig receiving station." Pigs are devices used to clean out or to inspect pipelines.

Magnum says the workers were employed by contractors.

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UPDATE: 4/14/2013

WICK, W.Va. (AP) - A worker has died from injuries suffered in an accident at a natural gas operation in Tyler County.

The Tyler County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that 56-year-old Bruce Phipps of Marietta, Ohio, died late Friday night.

Two other workers were injured in Thursday's accident at a Eureka Hunter Pipeline operation near Wick. The sheriff's office says it doesn't have any information on them

Authorities have said the incident was an explosion at a compressor station. But Eureka's parent, Magnum Hunter Resources, says it was a flash fire at a "pig receiving station." Pigs are devices used to clean out or to inspect pipelines.

Magnum says initial reports indicate that natural gas liquids ignited in tanks during "pigging" operations and fueled the fire.

Magnum says the workers were employed by contractors.

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MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. (AP) - Tyler County officials say four people were injured in an explosion at a natural gas compressor station near Wick.

Emergency Management Director Tom Cooper tells The Intelligencer that three workers were transported by medical helicopter to hospitals. The sheriff's department says a fourth person also was injured and taken to a hospital.

The explosion occurred Thursday night at the Twin Hickories compressor station. Such stations are placed along natural gas pipelines to help propel the gas through the lines.

The cause of the blast is unknown and remains under investigation.

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